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Outdoor Kodiak: Going deep for halibut
As September approaches, most anglers are taking stock of their freezers. How much space is left for silver season, and how is the supply of everything else? The sad news is, lots of Kodiak freezers are light on halibut this year. The fish have been hard to find, and the average size is a lot smaller than usual. Our own freezer was in the same shape until recently. It’s taken a month of searching and experimenting...
Aug 27, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 68 68 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Early silver Salmon
I’m pleased to report that it’s time to dust off your silver salmon gear. Last weekend my wife and I found them in several locations and even managed to connect with a few. Did we ever have fun! For the most part the best fishing will be found along the beaches rather than in the rivers. You’ll find lots of people in the river mouths, some of them even catching fish. But the fishing is actually better when you mov...
Aug 20, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 74 74 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Hunting ptarmigan in Kodiak
Between the start of deer season and new salmon arrivals, I bet I wasn’t alone in missing a new outdoor opportunity. Ptarmigan season opened Aug. 10! If you enjoy upland bird hunting, you really owe it to yourself to get acquainted with Kodiak’s ptarmigan. What? You say you haven’t ever seen a ptarmigan on Kodiak? Lace on your hiking boots. While ptarmigan can be found right down to sea level on southern portions ...
Aug 13, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: The chums are coming
Do you want to start a good argument? Pose this question to your friends: “Which salmon fights the hardest?” Kings come quickly to mind because they can get quite large and can put on impressive shows on the end of your line. Silvers are notorious leapers, but nowhere near as big as kings. In my experience, they have nothing like the endurance of a king salmon. Red salmon and pink salmon are smaller, but even allo...
Aug 06, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 71 71 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Fly fishing for Dollies
There’s just too much to do in August. Pinks line beaches and deer season is opening. Meanwhile the offshore fishing is really turned on. Ptarmigan season opens later in the month, while the chum salmon and silver salmon should also be appearing along the beaches. I’m not going to make your life any easier, however! August is also prime time for one of my favorite all time pursuits. Dry fly fishing for Dolly Varde...
Jul 30, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Deer season opener
Are you getting into the swing of fishing? It’s front and center in our lives right now, but that could get complicated in a little over a week. Deer season opens August 1! The early start to Kodiak’s deer season catches everyone by surprise. It feels as though summer has barely started and fall is still a long way off. To tell the whole truth, most hunters wait until October to start their own deer seasons, but t...
Jul 23, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 66 66 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Pink salmon summer fun
For me, the arrival of pink salmon in July is the true onset of a Kodiak summer. I’m happy to report that summer arrived in full force last week! We saw pink salmon almost everywhere we expected to see them, and we caught them until our arms shouted for a break. The large schools of pink salmon begin to arrive in mid-July, timed for warm days and lazing on the beach. They’re the perfect family fish because they’re...
Jul 16, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 59 59 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Turn your freezer stock into something for the table
This is an exciting time of year as fishing improves and freezer shelves start filling with winter treats. Meanwhile, we also can enjoy fresh fish as often as we want! But there comes a point when freezers fall into disarray as each new batch of fish is added to the one before it. At some point you have to take the bull by the horns and reorganize your freezer. We had a little surprise while sorting our own freeze...
Jul 09, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 83 83 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Camping Kodiak style
With the approach of Independence Day and the recent warm weather, more than a few families have camping on their calendars. Have you looked at the weather forecast? If you like what you see out your window right now, you’re all set. But if the prospects of wind and wet have you reconsidering your camping plans, don’t be too fast to give up. Camping on Kodiak can become a labor of love when the weather turns sour....
Jul 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 93 93 recommendations | email to a friend
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Outdoor Kodiak: Getting a jump on pinks
I was cautiously steering our boat past a kelp bed, watching for the long brown streamers to loom suddenly beneath the surface as we trolled for king salmon. It’s a bit like playing bumper cars with your boat as you maneuver close enough to attract a king while staying out just far enough to avoid tangles. I was looking ahead when I in the corner of my eye I saw the inboard rod dip lightly once, then twice, and ye...
Jun 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 108 108 recommendations | email to a friend
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